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Poster: William Tell Date: May 28, 2009 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: November 2, 1969

Don't forget the 8th! Fall of 69 doesn't grab me as much as other parts of our early era, but Nov has a couple of gems...interesting transition into the 70s acoustic material coming up soon...

Did you ever compare the various versions of 9-19 and decide if there is any real difference? Seems to me they are all good it's hard to make much distinction...wasn't there a Homework assignment for you on this issue?

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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 28, 2009 12:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Fall 1969

I also feel like fall '69 is a rather subdued period, sometimes it sounds like they're about to keel over, or at least there are a bunch of shows without much spark. It's a season that sort of slumps in-between the peaks of Jan-May '69 and Jan-May '70....partly since they were adding so much new stuff, laying off on the jams a lot of nights, and they weren't rocking as hard as in 1970.

This is one of the top-five Dark Stars for sure - the rest of the show is just OK. (There are plenty of '69 shows where the Star towers over the rest of the show - 6/27, 8/30, and 12/4 come to mind.) They could be very inconsistent in '69, falling apart in one song and coming together in the next.

A few other highlights of fall '69:
10-25-69 - short but sweet, over 20 five-star reviews.
11/1/69 - the Alligator jam, which includes the first instrumental Uncle John's.
11/7/69 - a very fun show, the Dark Star has another Uncle John's (sadly cut), almost up there with 11/8.
12/5/69 - very mellow, nice jams, nice audience sound.
12/12/69 - most of this show is a snooze, but the Alligator>Caution>feedback is legendary.

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: May 28, 2009 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: November 2, 1969

Oh well, looks like I have my work cut out for me this weekend. :)